Asa is a very fine and precious linen yarn that is refined with silk and cotton. It is suitable for lace knitting, as a trace yarn, or used in multiple strands for summer garments. As a trace yarn with Sensai, it will add stability to the knitting. Knitted along with Kinu, it creates a very nice surface effect.
25 grams / 246 yards / 72% linen, 18% cotton, 10% silk / 25 sts = 4” on US 1½ (2.5 mm) with double strand of yarn / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Awayuki is defined by its special structure: small loops give the fabric an interesting and delicate surface texture. The mohair/silk blend is comfortable to wear and does not pill. Suitable for elegant, light tops and scarves. Try knitting it on large needles.
25 grams / 164 yards / 80% mohair, 20% silk / US 4 (3.5 mm) - US 10 (6 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Gami Picot is a tape yarn with loops, adding movement to the knitted surface. This oscillating effect is enhanced even more by the mix of gloss and matte finish materials—silk, paper and cotton. With Gami Picot, you can add some extravagant pieces to your wardrobe, or use it more sparingly for accents on plain surface knitting. Gami Picot forms a soft knitted fabric and is also well-suited for weaving, braiding and sewing—experiment!
25 grams / 82 yards / 49% cotton, 38% silk, 13% paper / 10 shades / 15 sts = 4” on US 7 (4.5 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Gima is a 100% cotton yarn made with a very special production process which gives it such a unique and uncommon appearance. It knits and crochets well in either single or double strand. Perfect for summer clothes and accessories, only 2 balls and US 8 (5 mm) needles will make a simple shawl or scarf.
25 grams / 231 yards / 100% cotton / 31 sts = 4” on US 0 (2 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
The spinning and dyeing processes used in making Hana create a masterpiece of colorwork whereby the colorway varies throughout the skein. The composition of wool, silk and alpaca is well suited for three-season wear.
25 grams / 137 yards / 60% wool, 20% silk, 20% alpaca / 6 shades / US 1½ (2.5 mm) - US 4 (3.5 mm) / 26 sts = 4” on US 1½ / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
100% natural Kido is a durable and soft long-staple fiber spun from the fleece of the Cotswold sheep, one of England’s oldest breeds. The beautiful color compositions are modern Japanese interpetations of English tweed. Perfect for pullovers and cardigans.
50 grams / 191 yards / 100% Cotswolds wool / US 2 - 6 (garments) / US 0 - 2 (socks) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Kin Gin adds glamour to your knitting. It is available in three sparkling variations for knitting on either light or dark fabrics: gold with a white core, silver with a white core, and gold with a silver and black core. Kin Gin can be knit with any Ito yarn. It is especially beautiful knitted with Sensai for classical evening knitwear.
25 grams / 328 yards / 51% viscose/rayon, 49% polyester / 7 shades / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Kinu is a 100% silk noil yarn, also called organic silk. Different colored fibers are blended to create a melange effect. Kinu has a beautiful hand and is perfect for both casual and elegant wear.
50 grams / 464 yards / 100% silk / 28 sts = 4” on US 0 (2 mm) / 17 sts = 4” on US 7 (4.5 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Kinu Kasuri is a space-dyed pure silk with a very nice luster. For interesting color play, knit it in moss stitch or try it in combination with Sensai.
50 grams / 273 yards / 100% silk / 20 sts = 4” on US 2½ (3 mm) / 18 sts = 4” on US 4 (3.5 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Kouki is a tape yarn made from ramie and silk. Ramie is a bast fiber belonging to the nettle family and is called the “linen of the east.” It has a unique strength with a silky shine. The processing of the fiber is extensive and partially by hand. Suitable for the summer wardrobe, the knitted fabric is both elegant and durable.
50 grams / 295 yards / 56% ramie, 44% silk / 29 sts = 4” on US 1½ (2.5 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Men is recycled cotton, undyed and untreated, and spun into an extremely soft, light slub yarn. Because it is not twisted, it has very little bias and is well-suited for balanced knit/purl combinations and garter stitch. Great for baby and children's clothes, blankets and toys and for those with allergies.
50 grams / 328 yards / 100% cotton / 1 shade: natural / US 0 (2 mm) - US 2½ (3 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
The concept of Niji is to be knitted along with other Ito yarns, preferably those with solid colors—Washi, Urugami, Sensai, Tebiki, Gima 8.5 or Kinu. With Niji, long, slightly irregular, variegated color courses are generated.
20 grams / 525 yards / 100% wool / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Rokku is a soft woolen spun 100% merino yarn. It has a robust and, at the same time, noble character. Due to the special coloration and spinning process used in its production, it has a light slub structure and unique color run which does not repeat in a set manner. Great for cardigans, pullovers and winter accessories.
100 grams / 328 yards / 100% wool / 5 shades / 22 sts = 4” on US 6 (4 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Sensai is a luxurious, light and delicate mohair with silk. It makes beautiful lace as well as light, elegant garments. For a heavier, more stable fabric, combine Asa as a trace yarn with Sensai. Knit it with Kinu for silky, lustrous scarves, pullovers and jackets. For interesting textural effects, Sensai combines well with Gami Picot, Gima 8.5 or Kinu Kasuri.
20 grams / 262 yards / 60% mohair, 40% silk / US 0 (2 mm) - US 8 (5 mm) / gauge varies / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Serishin is made using a complex traditional Japanese production process: the silk is dyed, then the threads are placed parallel to each other and pulled through a bath to connect them. This allows the silk to keep its noble sheen. The result is a flat silk yarn, which when knitted, forms a very soft and fluid fabric.
50 grams / 317 yards / 100% silk / US 1½ - 4 (2.5 - 3.5 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Shio is an especially soft merino wool that can be worn next to the skin year-round. Use it as a carry-along with other Ito yarns or knit with multiple strands for elegant and delicate garments.
40 grams / 525 yards / 100% wool / US 2½ (3 mm) - US 4 (3.5 mm) double-stranded / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Tategami is a textural yarn comprised of a cotton core intertwined with a ragged, confetti-like paper tape. Very light and fun when used alone, it is color matched for use with Wagami and also mixes beautifully with other Ito yarns.
40 grams / 262 yards / 65% paper, 35% cotton / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Tebiki is a fine count hand-reeled tussah silk. It is natural silk and the color will vary slightly between cream, beige, yellow and brown. Due to the hand reeling, this yarn has textural irregularities. Tebiki makes a very nice “natural” lace by itself and can also be knitted with other Ito yarns.
20 grams / 284 yards / 100% silk / natural only / 23 sts = 4” on US 2½ (3 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Tetsu is a wonderful marriage of silk and metal. A stainless steel filament twisted with mulberry silk adds "memory" to the knitted fabric and allows it to be formed or shaped. Carry Tetsu along with any Ito yarn. Experiment!
15 grams / 269 yards / 61% silk, 39% stainless steel / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Tsuchi is a supersoft alpaca and wool blend which is both light and warming. The special coloring and twisting process used in its production results in a discreet blurred color scheme. Tsuchi is perfect for both lace and cool weather garments.
25 grams / 164 yards / 70% alpaca, 30% wool / US 4 (3.5 mm) needle / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Urugami combines the lightness of paper with the soft touch of wool. A twisted paper core is wrapped in fluffy wool. The mixture of these materials produces a smooth yarn with clear stitch definition. The “grip” and drape of the knitted fabric is peculiar and unique. Urugami, like other Japanese paper yarns, is cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
40 grams / 262 yards / 72% wool, 28% paper / 30 sts = 4” on US 2½ (3 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Wagami is beautiful flat paper tape yarn with a crisp hand that becomes both soft and strong with washing. It is color matched for use with Tategami and also blends nicely with other Ito yarns.
25 grams / 273 yards / 100% paper / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Washi follows the tradition of noble Japanese paper yarns with an extremely silky softness. Paper yarns have a lasting tradition in Japan and are often compared to silk in their qualities and character—cool in summer, warm in winter. Washi has good stitch definition and therefore shows lace patterns very nicely. The paper is twisted with a rayon thread to give the necessary stability to garments and accessories. It can be knit single strand for lace and light scarves. For garments, use Washi double strand or in combination with Niji or Asa.
25 grams / 273 yards / 54% paper, 46% viscose / single strand: US 2½ (3 mm) / double strand: US 6 (4 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Yomo is a bulky and soft roving yarn, especially suited for beginners. Scarves, cowls and hats knit up quickly. It is a good yarn for felting.
100 grams / 109 yarns / 100% wool / 14 sts = 4" on US 11 (7 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan
Zome Gima is a flat yarn like ITO Gima 8.5, but a bit wider. Two colors of different intensities are imprinted on raw white yarn in an irregular pattern to create this unconventional yarn.
25 grams / 137 yards / 100% cotton / US 2 - 3 (2.75 - 3.25 mm) / hand wash / lay flat to dry / spun in Japan.